|My cousin Barbara with her two daughters and four grandchildren - all smiles|
Some people I know never do reunions. In fact, most of my friends don't do class reunions. I don't know of anyone who does family reunions. I do both.
To put on a reunion requires a lot of effort. Also, another downside to organizing a reunion is I almost always offend some member of my family by some imagined slight. But I don't let those pitfalls deter me.
The way I look at life is that there are so many negative things going on in our world. From politics to terrorists to some disease waiting in the wings to take you out of this life.
Almost a day doesn't go by that someone of some organization is asking me to give them money to to donate my time to them. Sometimes I give, but mostly I don't. I don't know where that money is going or what good it is going to do. And I certainly don't donate my time. Why? I just don't have enough of it to give away. Even though I'm retired, I am kept fully occupied just taking care of my house, my Bill, my friends and my family. I'm not putting down volunteers, if that's your thing go for it. But for me it doesn't work. This is my "volunteering." I put together reunions. And this is why:
|My cousin Tom, Sr. (on the right) sharing a laugh with his son Tom, Jr.|